First off, if you’re wandering over here from Tessa’s blog, welcome to my little corner of the blogworld! This is where I post about my daily meals, workouts, and random life-related musings. I hope you like what you read!
Mondays are my rest day, so after I got up this morning I relaxed with some blog reading and Olympics-watching. As I type, I’m watching the Men’s Field Hockey. I used to play, and I miss it so much! I played it all through high school and was team captain in my final year. It’s a bit odd to me to see men playing it though. Around here, the high school league is offered to females only. There were kilts involved. A girl sport involving kilts – sounds like it’d be easy, but it’s actually the most intense sport I’ve ever played. Basically, you’re running around with heavy wooden sticks, hitting an oversized golf ball – I wound up with a lot of bruises and more than one sprain!
Rest day = lots of time to make breakfast.
Enter steel-cut egg white oatmeal.
I love steel-cut oats, but I don’t love the 25 minutes it takes me to make them; hence, they don’t get made as often as I’d like. I want to try a microwave version, but I feel like it’s impossible without the oats exploding everywhere. Has anyone tried this before?
So, stovetop it is: 1/4 cup steel cut oats, 3/4 cup water. After about 15 minutes I stirred in 1/4 cup egg whites – if you haven’t tried this with your oatmeal, you should! It adds some nice creaminess to the oats, as well as a good hit of protein. I added a splash of vanilla, a ton of cinnamon and cooked it a few minutes longer. Once it was done, I stirred in a few drops of liquid stevia to appease the sweet tooth.
I topped this batch with a chopped peach (still working on my massive basket of local peaches! They’re so sweet right now, I love it), a few chopped strawberries, and a spoonful of peanut butter.
Delicious breakfast! Every time I use peanut butter, a small spoonful always makes it directly into my mouth. Without fail. Peanut butter spoon! Also, my peanut butter jar is running empty. I see OIAJ on the horizon
Livefit Phase 2
As I mentioned yesterday, I am now finished with phase 2 of Livefit trainer.
My thoughts on this phase? I loved it!
The focus here was purely on strength building. Although there was cardio added in (there was no cardio whatsoever in phase 1) the goal was to build muscle as much as possible. The cardio was steady-state medium intensity, so I usually went for an easy run or spent some time on the elliptical.
It followed the same format as phase 1 (one week of new workouts, then repeated for one week) but it was more intense – I was spending an hour to an hour and a half in the gym 6 days a week. This is definitely a lot more than I’m used to, so I struggled with finding the motivation for such long workouts. Apparently, they only get longer in phase 3 – I’m in for a challenge!
In terms of how the workouts themselves were laid out, I was a huge fan. 6 days of workouts, 2 of them leg days, and the other 4 were upper body workouts and cardio. Because the workouts changed every 2 weeks, I definitely wasn’t getting bored.
I loved the way these workouts were set up – the focus was on high weights, low reps. When I started looking into strength training a few years ago, I was of the “heavy weights will bulk me up like man.” mindset. Ummm…WRONG! While I’ve gained muscle, I look strong, but definitely still have my feminine qualities. I’m so glad I’ve learned the error of my ways.
The last 2 weeks of this phase were (for the most part) set up in 4 sets of 8 reps, and I found myself enjoying it a lot! I made tons of gains in this phase – both in my lifting abilities and seeing my muscles grow.
Hello, bicep (and moving boxes in the background).
It doesn’t look like much muscle, but for me – that is huge. I naturally put on muscle easiest in my lower body, while my arms usually resemble some sort of twig. So seeing an actual bulge when I flex is amazing to me!
In a lot of the reviews I’ve read, they’ve stated that phase 2 leaves you feeling a little bit big – I definitely agree with that. I’ve been tracking my measurements and I haven’t seen too many changes in this phase. Also, my legs and my waist actually feel thicker than they did in the beginning. I’m not too worried about that though – the focus here was building muscle and I feel like I’ve done that successfully.
Overall, I consider loved this phase and consider it a huge success!
Looking ahead to phase 3, I think I’m in for a challenge. Jamie Eason introduces cardio sprints into the workouts, she focuses more on fat loss while maintaining and adding a bit more muscle. It involves a lot of supersets, active rests, and triple sets – does not sound easy! She goes back to a low weight/high reps setup; usually 15 reps instead of phase 2′s 8 reps. And apparently I need to go out today and buy a skipping rope.
She also introduces things like carb cycling – I will not be participating in this. As I said in my phase 1 review, I’m not following the eating plan that comes along with the program. I’m happy with how I eat, and it doesn’t feel necessary to me – I’m doing this to gain muscle and challenge myself, not trying to lose weight. In fact, I’ve actually gained a few pounds on this program so far. It was muscle gain I was in desperate need of, so that my actually my goal.
So phase 3 – bring it on!
Plans for today – throwing (yet another) recipe at you, and may be changing up my looks a little bit Look for tonight’s post to see!
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